The Supreme Court’s approval rating declines; suicides of US troops surge; New Hampshire passes new voter ID bill; and the iPhone will soon be accessible to more people. In other news, Electronic Daisy Carnival Las Vegas begins today and Mr. Rogers gets auto-tuned.
Maureen + Caitlin
Approval Rating for Justices Hits Just 44% in New Poll, http://nyti.ms/LsMjUI
A survey conducted by The New York Times and CBS News shows that only 44 percent of Americans approve of the way the Supreme Court is making its decisions. 75 percent believe the justices’ decisions may be influenced by personal or political views. The Supreme Court’s approval rating has been declining since the late 80s.
Suicides are surging among US troops, http://apne.ws/MsmmjA
In the first 155 days this year, 154 active-service soldiers have committed suicide. This number is about 50 percent higher than the number of US troops killed in action. Suicides had leveled off in 2010 and 2011, and experts are unsure of the upswing’s cause. The 2012 numbers through June 3 compare to 130 suicides at the same time last year, an 18 percent increase
(via Associated Press) NH legislature approves voter ID bill, http://bo.st/MhCoQv
Both the New Hampshire House and Senate have approved a bill that will require voters to show photo identification at the polls starting next year. Other forms of identification, like student IDs will be accepted for the 2012 election, but only driver’s licenses, state-issued non-driver’s identification cards, passports, or military IDs will be permitted in the future.
Apple Buddies Up With Cheaper Wireless Partners for iPhone, http://nyti.ms/Ldaqmc
Don’t have an iPhone yet? Sprint has good news for you—the iPhone will become available later this month on Virgin Mobile USA, its service for prepaid service plans. The phone itself is more expensive, $650 for the iPhone 4S or $550 for the older iPhone 4, but the price of the service is much less. The baseline starts at $30 for 300 minutes and unlimited data and unlimited text messages.
‘Election’ Daisy Carnival: Young voter push at Vegas event, http://bit.ly/MR60aD
Will Smith Raps Again for Awesome SUMMERTIME Remix!!! http://bit.ly/KDsHhG
Box office preview: ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Madagascar 3′ duke it out, http://bit.ly/LDiehP
Mr. Rogers Gets Auto-Tuned in ‘Garden of Your Mind’ Video, http://bit.ly/LCYHMm
28 Ways “Sex And The City” Would Be Different If It Were On TV Now, http://bit.ly/LCJISI